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Seven players off the champion Wilson Preparatory Academy team were named to the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice’s Triangle Athletic Conference all-conference boys soccer team announced Monday.
The Tigers landed seniors Rodney Wimberly, Luis Herrera, Denardrick Gray and Davis Barefoot; sophomores Alberto Herrera and Lisandro Ochoa and freshman goalkeeper Cameron Bryant.
Head coach Terry Byrd was proclaimed coach of the year.
Wimberly led WPA with 17 goals and added four assists. Alberto Herrera contributed 12 goals and 11 assists, followed by Luis Herrera with 13 goals and seven assists. Ochoa managed 10 goals.
Byrd described defender Barefoot and center midfielder/defender Gray as the “heart and soul” of the defense. Gray collected two goals and Barefoot recorded an assist.
In goal, Bryant notched 101 saves in 16 matches and posted three shutouts.
Byrd, in the second season of the school’s program, directed the Tigers to a 10-0 conference mark and to a 16-7 overall worksheet. WPA reached the second round or quarterfinals of the state tournament after losing in the opening round their inaugural season.
“I’m excited, overwhelmed,” Byrd said of being honored by his peers. “It’s a testament to the guys and their hard work throughout the season. I felt like my role was teaching them the game of soccer and how it should be played, and teaching life lessons that can be used later in life.”
WPA returns 10 players off the conference-championship team.
Skinner leads 4 all-league picks
Wilson Prep’s Dylan Skinner, a forward/midfielder, was saluted with first-team recognition on the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice’s Triangle Athletic Conference boys soccer all-conference team announced Monday.
Teammates landing on the second team were Christiaan Bullock, Jerome Thomas and Evan Gregory.
Skinner paced WPA with 23 goals and added seven assists. Gregory wound up with eight goals and six assists, while Thomas netted seven goals and contributed three assists.
Coach Terry Byrd credited goalkeeper Bullock for keeping the Tigers in numerous matches.
Wilson Prep compiled a 10-0 conference mark and went 12-6 against all foes.